November 2014

It’s fine even if JHU leaves – President

3rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapaksa is maintaining a strong stance with regard to the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU),says a senior government minister. The minister added that the President has recently told several ministers that he would not be intimidated by the threats of the JHU, firmly adding that it would not be an issue even if the party decides to leave the coalition government. Meanwhile, the JHU says that the government is yet to respond to their proposal presented recently. By now, all discussions held with regard to the proposals have also ended. But knowing President Rajapaksha who is well known for NOT keeping to his promises, can turn his tunes when it comes to Presidential election in January.   In May 2009 Rajapaksha promised 13+ amendment if […]

Tamils Were Not Fooled By Any Of The Roads, The Bridges, The Mega Projects Govt Gave

3rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

By M. A. Sumanthiran – You stop people of this country going to meet their very near relatives by placing travel restrictions. Is that not treating the North differently? This is also an attempt to pull wool over the eyes of people, not of the people of the North. If the people of the North were fooled, they would have voted for the UPFA. They were not fooled by any of the roads, the bridges, the mega projects or the gifts you gave from election platforms. They were not fooled. This is an attempt to pull wool over the eyes of the people in the South. Elections are coming perhaps, otherwise there would not be such sweetness in this Budget. *M. A. Sumanthiran’s speech on second […]

Aluthgama Tense Again

3rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

A tense situation has arisen in and around Aluthgama after a private altercation between a Sinhalese and Muslim last evening. Following the altercation, a rumour had been spread to the effect that the Sinhalese person was assaulted on his way back from the temple resulting in Sinhalese crowds gathering to the Aluthgama town. The incident had allegedly taken place in Dharga town which was subject to racial violence in June this year. There has been no reported violence yet, with Special Task Force troops deployed in and around the area.

British HC inquiring into attack on UK couple

3rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

Brawl involving Minister Mervyn’s son at night club by Shamindra Ferdinando Rhythm and Blues night club where Public Relations Minister Mervyn Silva’s son Malaka got involved in another brawl on Saturday (Pic by Dharmasena Welipitiya) British High Commission is inquiring into the circumstances under which a British couple had been assaulted by Public Relations Minister, Mervyn Silva’s son, Malaka and some of his associates, in the early hours of Saturday (Nov. 1) at a night club down Duplication Road. The victims suffered injuries on their heads and faces. Responding to a query by The Island yesterday afternoon, BHC spokesperson said that the Consular Section was handling the case though a statement couldn’t be made at the moment. She said the BHC was yet to speak […]

Tamil Diaspora too are foreigners to the Govt. – BASL

3rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

In the light of restrictions imposed on travel to the North, the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) said, since the Diaspora too falls under the category of foreigners, they would have to resort to international conventions on travel to overturn such restrictions. The administrative decisions that the National Security Council are entitled to take, regarding perceived (where there is reason to believe) and actual threats to national security are legal and also in this case provides a blanket coverage to brand a person as a terrorist without having to justify their criterion, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Rule of Law of the BASL and Convenor for Lawyers for Democracy, Lal Wijenayake added. “Although the first generation of the Tamil Diaspora is formed of […]

Great Scottish are not only brawn but brain too!

3rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

Malaka Silva is the son of Minister Mervin Silva a close associate of President Rajapaksha. The English take the Mickey out of the Scottish claiming that the Scottish are more of brawn than of brain. At times that brawn comes handy. Wherever they are, the Scottish do not take crap from people like Malaka Silva. The story could be that the diminutive but lecherous Malaka cold have poured saliva over the pretty girlfriend of the Scotsman. He must have approached the girl in that indecent, depraved, uncultured manner of the youth of Sri Lanka today. Those guys do not know the world and they have not seen how decent people approach a woman. So they think that their macho approach would win a woman. This […]

TNA Parliamentarian visits landslide victims

3rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

BY Our Batticaloa  Correspondent S. Yogeswaran was the first Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian to visit the landslide victims in Koslanda on Thursday. The Batticaloa District TNA Parliamentarian along with a group of volunteers from his electorate visited the two IDP centres at Sri Ganesha Vidyalaya and Poonagala Tamil Vidyalaya where the civilians who have escaped from the landslide have been sheltered. TNA Parliamentarian and the volunteers who went with him to Koslanda distributed relief items to the victims and they also interacted closely with the civilians who have lost their kith and kin. Batticaloa District Young Hindu Federation had also joined the TNA Parliamentarian in his humanitarian mission. Meanwhile, a Hindu organization from Zurich, Switzerland has also granted financial assistance through the TNA Parliamentarian, […]

What is critically absent is neither money nor manpower but political will because most of the Plantation workers are Tamils!

3rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

Rajapaksa pet project of building airports in Kandy and Nuwara Eliya must be abandoned. Twenty per cent of the country’s land area has been identified as prone to landslides  What is critically absent is neither money nor manpower but political will. If some astrologer sounded these warnings, politicians may have heeded them, But the warnings came from professional scientists, so they were ignored.  Plantation sector, which has an abnormally high concentration of the poorest of the poor. By Tisaranee Gunasekara – “Throughout recorded history, actions or inactions by self-absorbed kings, chiefs and politicians have been a regular source of societal collapses…” – Jared Diamond (Collapse: How societies choose to fail or survive)   The tsunami came sans warning. The very word was alien to most of […]

NASA – Outstanding Leadership award winner Dr. Sarath Gunapala shares his views…

3rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

By Lankesh Gooneratne Dr. Sarath Gunapala was the recipient of the most prestigious award from NASA – Outstanding Leadership medal. Ceylon Today interviewed Dr. Gunapala to know more about this prestigious award that he had won. Dr. Gunapala gladly explained all about this prestigious award, excerpts given below; Q. What is your involvement with the new NASA projects? A. NASA has been involved in a project called Mars 2020. The experiments done during this project is different to those performed earlier. Moreover, we are building a ‘curiosity rover’ for this project. The reason we are doing this project is because we discovered water on Mars. Hence, we suspect that there can be life on mars and we thus, engaged in the mars 2020 projects because […]

The Human Tragedy Of Koslanda…

3rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

By Nirmala Kannangara  – Pictures by Lalith Perera Following last week’s Haldummulla catastrophe where more than 100 is believed to have buried alive leaving more than 75 children vulnerable and five deaths, accusations have now been leveled against the Haldummulla Divisional Secretary and Maskeliya Plantations for not taking action against the, landslide warning report submitted in 2005 by the National Building Research Organization (NBRO) that cautioned earth slip at Koslanda Meeriya- Bedda Estate, Haldummulla in the Badulla district. Although the earth slips warning has been given to both Divisional Secretary Haldummulla and the Management of Koslanda Meeriya- Bedda Estate the Maskeliya Plantations PLC, by the NBRO continuously in 2005, 2009 and 201, it is questionable why the Divisional Secretary or Maskeliya Plantation PLC ignored the […]

Probe Team To Accept Late Submissions

2nd November 2014 // 0 Comments

By Easwaran Rutnam While accepting of submissions for the investigation on Sri Lanka by an investigation team appointed by the UN Human Rights office ended on Thursday, submissions which arrive late will not be rejected. In the terms of reference of the investigations team, submissions were to be accepted till midnight, Geneva time, on October 30, 2014. This is to allow the investigation team time to analyse all the information gathered before drafting its report. Drafting needs to be completed at least two months before the report is presented to the UN Human Rights Council in March next year. “Officially the deadline for submissions was October 30 and we will not be extending it. However, we are aware that some material may take time to […]

Probe on missing begins in Mullaitivu

2nd November 2014 // 0 Comments

The Missing Persons Commission chaired by retired judge Maxwell Paranagama, began another round of sittings in the Mullaitivu District today. Several people came forward to lodge complaints and have their statements recorded before the Commission when it held public sittings at the Maritimepattu Divisional Secretariat. The Commission will hold public sittings in the Mullaitivu District from today till Wednesday at Maritimepattu and Oddusuddan. Since the establishment of the Commission on 15th August 2013, the Commission has received in excess of 19,595 complaints inclusive of approximately 5000 complaints from relatives of missing security forces personnel. The Commission has held public sittings during the months from January to October 2014 in Killinochchi, Jaffna, Batticaloa, Mullaitivu and Mannar. During these sittings, the Commission has heard oral evidence from 1099 complainants. The recorded statements of these […]

Estate and government authorities trade accusations

2nd November 2014 // 0 Comments

As search operations continue to find those missing due to the landslide that buried an entire village at Meeriyabedda in Koslanda, authorities and the estate company have started trading accusations regarding responsibility for the disaster. While teams continued to comb through the rubble for a fourth day yesterday (November 1), a police investigation had already begun on whether previous warnings of an impending disaster had been ignored by those who could have taken action. The whole area has been identified as prone to repeated landslides, according to National Building Research Organization (NBRO) Senior Geologist, Dr. Gamini Jayatissa. A potential disaster was averted when residents of Naketiya were evacuated before the area was hit by a landslide in 1997. The first NBRO report, alerting the Haldummulla […]

Prodigal sons of ‘Naughty’ political fathers

2nd November 2014 // 0 Comments

Public Relations Minister Mervyn Silva’s son, Malaka is in the news again. He was reportedly assaulted at a night club at Duplication Road, Colpetty on Friday night by a Scottish national, police was told. Malaka had sustained minor injuries. Malaka’s involvement in violent incidents does not come as a surprise as this is not the first time. He is a young man warned by Court to behave in public in a decent manner. We are living in an era where the attitude of legislators is devoid of dignity and decorum. People have to blame themselves for having elected such legislators. But, trouble-causing political sons are not a recent phenomenon in Sri Lankanpolitics. These prodigal sons tend to believe that politics is above the rule of […]

3,000 Sri Lankan illegal immigrants missing in Britain

2nd November 2014 // 0 Comments

At least 3,000 Sri Lankans are among 50,000 illegal immigrants whom the British Immigration authorities have lost track of. The shambles in the British Border Agency, which was brought directly under the Home Office after a series of scandals rocked the institution, were exposed last week in a report by the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Commons. The figure of 3,000 Sri Lankans is speculative as the immigration authorities have no clear idea of how many are here illegally. The figure of 3,000 has been suggested to Sri Lankan consular officers as a minimum they think are evading arrest and deportation. Immigration authorities who carry out raids on shops, restaurants and other business places have picked up Sri Lankans who have overstayed after […]

Sri Lanka Landslide: TGTE distressed that Tamil diaspora groups will not be allowed to offer assistance.

2nd November 2014 // 0 Comments

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) express condolences to the grieving families. Supports call for week of mourning. The Prime Minister of Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam, Mr. Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, expressed TGTE’s final respects to those who perished in the landslide in the island of Sri Lanka and offered heartfelt condolences to the grieving families. Over 300 people have lost their lives as a result of a huge landslide at the Meeriyabedda Tea Plantation in the district of Badulla in Sri Lanka. TGTE was deeply distressed that several Tamil diaspora groups will not be allowed to offer assistance. This was as a result of Sri Lankan Government’s decision to ban several Tamil diaspora entities in March this year. It is believed that this decision to […]

“Injured” Malaka Silva Arrested By Police For Assaulting A British Couple

1st November 2014 // 0 Comments

Minister Mervyn Silva’s son Malaka Silva has been arrested by Police in connection with assault on a foreign couple at a night club in Bambalapitiya early this morning.  Police sources told Asian Mirror that Malaka Silva has been remanded till Tuesday.  However, following the incident, Malaka Silva was admitted to hospital by his friends claiming he was assaulted by a Scottish national. One of his friends also lodged a complaint with the Police saying the Minister’s son was assaulted at the night club.    Speaking to Asian Mirror reporters, the Minister said following the assault that Malaka Silva would be sent to Singapore for further treatment. He also indicated that his son’s condition was critical. “I will take him to Singapore or send him to […]

Families fast demanding Sri Lanka release fishermen on death row

1st November 2014 // 0 Comments

Rameswaram: Families of five fishermen sentenced to death by a court in Sri Lanka for alleged drug trafficking on Saturday observed a one-day fast to press the government to take immediate steps to bring them back home. The families wore black badges at the venue in this coastal town. Local people, as also about 3,000 activists of various political parties joined them at the spot, shouted slogans against the court verdict and urged government to do everything possible to get the fishermen back. Leaders of political parties, including Suba Thangavelan of DMK, Raman Unni (Congress), Arjunan (AIADMK) and Annadurai of CPI(M) were present at the venue. The five fishermen, all hailing from Tamil Nadu, were apprehended in 2011 by the Sri Lankan Navy on charges […]

Salute a True Father Dr Manoharan

1st November 2014 // 0 Comments

Truly he deserves praise for his unrelenting efforts to get Justice for his murdered Son. Dr. Manoharan, speaking to TamilNet from his UK residence, said he would not rest until he obtains justice for his son. Ragihar would have qualified as a doctor, like his father, had the Sri Lankan soldiers resisted from pulling the triggers on the highly accomplished students on that fateful day in 2006. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpmqE-jWi4U Twenty-year-old Ragihar Manoharan was among five Tamil students killed by the Sri Lankan security forces in Trincomalee on January 2, 2006. To date, no one has been brought to justice for their killing. This is just one example of the lack of accountability that plagues Sri Lanka. http://livewire.amnesty.org/2013/08/15/they-killed-my-son/ http://www.hrw.org/news/2006/06/26/sri-lanka-protect-witnesses-trincomalee-killings Dr.Gamini Gunatunge, Judicial Medical Officer who held the […]

”Donate monthly salary to landslide victims” Opposition ‘MP’s says YES and Government MP’ ssays ‘NO’

1st November 2014 // 0 Comments

Chief Opposition Whip John Amaratunga said that Ministers and MPs should donate one month’s salary to provide relief to victims of Koslanda landslide disaster. But the government said that they have enough money to support the effected and the the Government MP’s will NOT donate their one month salary.   MP Amaratunga speaking soon after Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera made a ministerial statement on Koslanda disaster in Parliament yesterday, said: “Leader of the Opposition Ranil Wickremesinghe is visiting the landslide hit areas and people at the time I am addressing this House. We have to do something for these people, who are our brethren. Why can’t we donate our salaries for their benefit, to provide them with relief? We are ready to donate. We should […]

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